ON-Lion Letter
In September, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies hosted a conference to honor the career and scholarship of Professor John F. "Joe" Guilmartin, Jr.  "Dr. G," as he was known to his students, taught for nearly three decades at The Ohio State University (OSU) where he specialized in military, maritime, and airpower history, as well as military technology and the Vietnam War.  

Guilmartin, who passed away in March, was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force who served two tours in the Vietnam War.  He received the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and two Silver Stars for bravery in combat.  In addition to his military service, Guilmartin earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, and he served on the faculties of the Air Force Academy, the Naval War College, and Rice University before taking his place in the Department of History at OSU in 1987. 

Guilmartin's notable publications include Gunpowder and Galleys (1974), America in Vietnam (1991), A Very Short War (1995), and Galleons and Galleys (2002).  He was also working on a comprehensive history of the Vietnam War at the time of his passing.  For his accomplishments as an outstanding soldier-scholar, Guilmartin was the 2014 recipient of the General Andrew Goodpaster Award, conferred by the American Veterans Center with support from The Lynde and Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.   

The Military History Program at OSU is among the best in the nation.  Founded in the 1970s, it attracts highly competitive graduate students, many of whom attended the conference.  Guilmartin's former students presented essays focused on war and technology.  They will be published together as a Festschrift dedicated to their beloved professor.    

The Bradley Foundation supports the Military History Program at OSU through its Bradley Graduate and Post-graduate Fellowship Program.
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